A good cast and superb production design, sound and cinematography are wasted on an underdeveloped screenplay. Based on the novel of the same name, The Woman in Black is a nearly endless series of ghostly images and startling noises. Star Daniel Radcliffe spends most of the film sporting a puzzled expression while every horror cliche in the history of film unfolds around him. But damn, it is a great looking film and there is something to be said for its refreshingly old school Edwardian Britain setting and tone. Still, it could have been much more if only the writers focused a bit more on character and a bit less on cheap scares.
* * 1/2